Career & Education Resources
The Maryland State Funeral Directors Association has compiled a number of resources that we feel will be of assistance to you.
Considering a Career in Funeral Service?
12 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Funeral Director – by Jamie Reed, a funeral director in Oklahoma
The Student Loan Report helps keep students and their families up-to-date on the latest student loan and financial aid news and information so they can make the best decisions when it comes to paying for college and repaying debt.
Grants and Scholarships
First Year Licensees—Honorary Associate Membership
Join MSFDA your first year for FREE! Limited associate membership may be held by a newly licensed Funeral Director or Mortician licensed to practice as such under the laws of the State of Maryland. No consideration of this classification of membership will be given if the applicant is an owner, corporate officer, or in a managerial capacity of a funeral establishment unless said establishment currently holds a funeral establishment membership in good standing. An honorary associate member shall be entitled to all social and professional privileges of this Association; however, he or she may not hold this classification of membership for more than one year, vote, serve on standing or special committees of this Association, nor hold any office in the Association.
Download MSFDA First Year Licensee Membership Application
Print, complete, and return:
Maryland State Funeral Directors Association
408 Headquarters Drive, 3F
Millersville, MD 21108
Via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
MSFDA offers continuing education programs, both online and off-site, for licensees to assist in acquiring credits for license renewal. Please check our site often for seminars and programs that are available throughout the year.
The The National Funeral Directors Association provides the following resources:
• Online Learning
• Resource Store
The Funeral Service Foundation provides the following resources:
• Educational Conferences & Scholarships
• Links to funeral service associations
• Other state and national organizations with funeral service information
Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice instituted the voluntary Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) program in 1976 to distinguish those who offer more than what is expected of them. The CFSP designation is the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service. When you see the CFSP credential next to a name, you know right away that you are working with a highly self-motivated person with a driven desire to learn, grow and achieve.
To earn the distinction, a funeral professional must meet certification requirements related to funeral service in four well-rounded categories: Academic, Professional, Public Education and Service, and Career Review. Visit their website at apfsp.org to learn more about the certification process.